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May 15, 2014

Murley goes the distance as Foley beats Prep 3-0 for third straight Catholic League title

By Mike Moore
C & G Sports Writer

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Guys on the Bishop Foley baseball team pose on the field after winning their third consecutive league title.

DETROIT — Garrett Schilling threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Mike Murley took over from there.

In a rematch of the 2013 Catholic League C-D Division championship, Madison Heights Bishop Foley pushed its consecutive title streak to three years as Murley took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, and the Ventures shut out Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 3-0 on a cool and rainy Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park.

“It’s huge, huge for the kids to accomplish something like this,” Foley coach Buster Sunde said of the win. “When you’re such a goal-oriented team like we are, and you work as hard as these kids do, to accomplish something like this makes it all worth it.”

“To go year in and year out, it shows what kind of program we have,” Murley said of winning three consecutive league titles. “Buster is such a great coach, and there’s really nothing that gets us down.”

Schilling, who pitched Foley to an 8-2 victory against Prep last year in the final, is still recovering from surgery after taking a line drive to the face on April 24.

His absence paved the way for Murley to get the start, and the senior right-hander made the most of it, keeping Prep hitless through six innings.

He allowed two singles in the seventh, walked four on the day and struck out eight.

“I wanted to go out and pitch good for our team,” Murley said afterward, admitting he had butterflies the night before and all morning leading up to game time. “After we got a few runs, I just went out there and relaxed.”

Prep’s Will Mullen was equally dominant on the mound through four innings, but that’s when Foley came to life.

With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, Foley put together four straight hits, highlighted by a two-RBI single off the bat of David Chung.

By the time the frame was over, the Ventures led 3-0, and Murley had all the help he would need.

“We just didn’t hit, and when you don’t hit, you aren’t going to win,” Prep coach Darren Audia said of the loss. Prep’s Jacob DePillo and Mike Wayne each had singles in the seventh. “I don’t think we had enough patience at the plate. And when we did put a good swing on it, we’re in the wrong park to do anything with it.”

Mullen went the distance in the loss, allowing seven hits with two walks and eight strikeouts.

Schilling, who on Monday was officially cleared to start throwing, dressed for the game, threw out the first pitch and sat in the dugout for just the second time since his injury.

“His leadership, his presence, is so huge,” Sunde said of Schilling. “To have him in the dugout with our guys was great.”

Foley, which has now appeared in five consecutive league titles, improves to 24-2 with the victory.

Prep falls to 20-6.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Mike Moore at mmoore@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1038. Twitter Follow Mike on Twitter.